Sunday, January 9, 2011

Inspired by Ice

Back in October Fran and I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the Alexandra Palace and, amongst other things, I bought some Lutradur.  For those of you who don't know, Lutradur is a non woven material that is slightly see through and can be dyed, stitched and distressed with a heat gun.  Up until Christmas it had stayed in its bag as I wasn't really sure what to do with it, but having some free time over the holidays I decided to have a play with it.  My first attempts weren't very successful as I didn't appreciate how much the painted colour would change when I blasted it with a heat gun.  But I soldiered on and eventually created this piece, which I think must have been inspired by all the ice we've had recently.
Ice - 18cm x 13cm

It's quite hard to photograph accurately but I think you can see the gist of it (especially if you click on it to make it bigger).  It's actually 2 layers of lutradur (the smaller blue central panel and the larger white one), fused to a background of pelmet vilene with painted bondaweb.  Then there's some distressed polyester organza, some silver mesh and stitching, as well as the silver braid and beads. 

I'm sure I'll look at it in a few months time and want to hide it, but just for now I'm quite pleased with it.

8 comments:

Julie said...

Just my colours! You'll have no need to hide it, it's lovely! I can see it as a special book front.

Jo said...

I can certainly see the connection with the ice. I'm no lover of ice but this piece is gorgeous.

Maggie said...

Don't hide it, it's beautiful, reminds me of a character in a fairy tale, the Ice Queen or something, she came to mind anyway, I could see her in my mind's eye when I looked at it for the first time. I would think a pure white one with silver somewhere, and the beads etc., would be quite something.
Love it... clever you!

Anna said...

Oh you are a talented lady Su. I clicked and was entranced. Are there some blue buttons in the equation too?

linda said...

Looks lovely and icey - very nice while we're sweltering in Summer heat! Thanks for your comment on my blog.

Fran Hillman said...

You were inspired - looks gorgeous! Mine still in packet!

Su said...

Thank you all for your kind comments, I'm pleased you all like it!

There aren't any blue buttons in it Anna, but some of the beads are quite large. But you have planted a thought in my head about incorporating some .......

Cottage Garden said...

You should be pleased Su, it's lovely and very impressive. I did enlarge it and could really appreciate all the detail. Great work!

Jeanne
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